Teaching at Trent

My priority is to develop pedagogies in communications and culture, but I have also taught diversely in humanities, film, global studies and international development studies, and sociology since 2013. I have been fortunate to work at Trent as Assistant Professor since 2016. I am a strong advocate for our programs in Cultural Studies and Media Studies.

Teaching is a lifelong vocation. I’m happy to share a written statement on my teaching philosophy, with further details on my approach to facilitation, evaluation, inclusion, and mentorship.

As I have learned from others, so I hope others may learn from me. In the spirit of sharing and collaboration, I try to make available as many teaching materials as possible to anyone interested.

Teaching crew for Introduction to Media Studies (Winter 2018), from left: Leila Alvarez, Ryan Kirby, Lee Campbell, John Bessai, Joshua Synenko, and in front: Sarah McNeilly.

In the present term (Winter 2021), I have taken on roles as Coordinator of the research and professional development seminars in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program, and well as other specific administrative duties. Currently, I supervise 2 PhD students and 1 MA student in the program.

Experiential learning

Since 2016, I have introduced a number of experiential learning evaluation models, particularly at the fourth year level, including peer assessment, peer-review publishing, event organizing, and technology-enhanced learning.

My 4th year undergraduate course, Digital Media Lab, was offered for the first time in the fall of 2019. The Lab explores diverse spatial media experiences with a focus on documentary, narrative and visual culture. Engaging through experimentation with mapping and GIS tools, location-based media, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, students will participate in a major project using the digital imaging resources at The Moore Innovation and Research Hub.

My 2016-2017 cohort for Contemporary Topics in Media Studies were invited to submit their research papers on critical media infrastructure to Mediapolis: Journal of Cities and Culture, in the inaugural issue of their Student Voices column.

Media Lab students at the Odette Critical Making Studio in Bata Library, November 2019.

My 2018-19 cohort for Contemporary Topics in Media Studies created a conference, entitled Spatial Mediations and Beyond. According to their description, the conference sought to explore “alternative perspectives on media, analyses on personal interactions in the ‘real’ world, hierarchical paradigms moving towards the future, and governing practices mediated through online spaces.”